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Does anyone know anything about codeine in bm?<br><br>
I've got strep throat very badly, so the doc prescribed codeine syrup for pain control. Dd woke up about 4:45 and came into bed with us. My throat hurt, so I got up and took the codeine syrup, then came back to bed and nursed dd.<br><br>
She's down to nursing once a day (mornings), and given my pain, lack of sleep, etc. I didn't even think about it!<br><br>
I won't do it again, but I'm just wondering what to look for in dd, if anything.<br><br>
She seemed fine when she woke up this AM - watched me take my antibiotics and announced "I don't have to take medicine because I'm healthy!" and trotted off to daycare without a thought (though very sad because we couldn't find the Baby Beluga book she wanted to read in the car!)
 

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LynnS6,<br>
This article is a little scary so I will preface it by saying that (if I remember another article correctly) that the one death they refer to involved a newborn whose mother took codeine over a 6 week period. The heartbreaking part is she did seek help before the baby died and they didn't know what to look for and sent them home.<br><br>
I wouldn't be paranoid but I would watch for lethargy. If you're really concerned you could go to the Pediatrician as a precaution.<br><br><a href="http://www.babylune.com/new-dangers-in-breastfeeding-codeine-discovered/" target="_blank">http://www.babylune.com/new-dangers-...ne-discovered/</a> Breastfeeding new mothers (and those caring for them) who are taking a codeine-based pain relievers should take special note of this post.<br>
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“…some women carry multiple copies of a gene that causes them to rapidly metabolize the Codeine into morphine, that can be passed to infants through breast milk. In at least one case, an infant has died of morphine overdose.”<br><br>
...This is not a reason to stop nursing. This is a reason to stop taking codeine.<br><br>
If you’re a nursing mother taking codeine for pain relief, watch your baby carefully. If s/he becomes more and more lethargic, seems to tired to be able to latch onto the breast, ask your doctor to test your milk and the baby’s blood for Morphine. If high levels are present, the baby may need an antidote called naloxone. The results of this study are so new that your doctor may not even know that the this problem has been discovered so be persistent. Also, if morphine is present in your milk, throw out any pumped milk you may have saved from when you were taking codeine. The good thing about metabolizing drugs quickly is that it should leave your milk quickly too. Just pump and toss the affected milk after you stop the drug."<br><br>
~Cath
 

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I just checked on kellymom.com, it's approved by the AAP, category L3 (for acute use), but you may just want to confirm with someone who has Hale's book...At 34months, I'd be much less concerned than if you were nursing a newborn, for sure... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Just keep an eye on yoru little one for any changes in behavior...
 

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It is fine for short term use. That is what they give moms after c-sections.
 
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